Opening ceremony to feature Lee Greenwood

Lee Greenwood is country music icon with more than 30 albums to his credit. In fact, MCA released an album in 2013 called ICON.

Lee Greenwood
Lee Greenwood

With seven No. 1 songs and 25 charted singles his hits include

  • “It Turns Me Inside Out”
  • “Ring On Her Finger Time on Her Hands”
  • ”She’s Lyin”
  • “I don’t Mind the Thorns if You’re the Rose”
  • “Dixie Road”
  • “Somebody’s Gonna Love You.”
  • “Going Going Gone”
  • “You Got A Good Love Comin”
  • “Fools Gold” and
  • “Mornin Ride.”

Several cross-over hits include “Touch & Go Crazy,” “IOU” and the duet with Barbara Mandrell “To Me.” An additional duet with Suzie Boggus, “Hopelessly Yours,” was nominated for a Grammy. The CD “American Patriot,” recorded and released in 1992, went Platinum in three months.

Greenwood’s latest CD is “I Want to be in Your World.” He wrote three of the seven songs and plays saxophone on the original track “Here Comes Love There Goes My Heart.” He also covered the Michael McDonald/Kenny Loggins ballad, “You Can Let Go Now.” McDonald is featured playing piano on the song.

Greenwood has won numerous industry awards including, Male Vocalist of the year for the Academy of Country Music in 1983, two Male Vocalist of the Year awards from the Country Music Association in 1983 and 1984, and a Grammy for Top Male Vocal Performance in 1985 for “I.O.U.”

He also won CMA Song of the Year in 1985 for writing “God Bless the USA.” The song, “God Bless the USA” has been voted the most recognizable patriotic song in America. The singer knows first-­hand what it’s like to have loved ones fighting for the freedom of all Americans as his father served in the Navy and the Merchant Marine in World War II. “USA” is now part of the film for Homeland Security shown when swearing in new citizens to the United States.

“God Bless the USA” went far beyond what Greenwood expected when he wrote it in the back of his tour bus in 1983. The song has been in the top five on the country singles charts three times (1991, 2001 and 2003), giving it the distinction of being the only song in any genre of music to achieve that feat. It was also No. 1 on the pop charts after 9/11/2001.

6 thoughts on “Opening ceremony to feature Lee Greenwood

  • August 14, 2016 at 11:46 am

    What time is the opening ceremony? Is Lee Greenwood doing a show?

    • August 15, 2016 at 7:55 pm

      The opening ceremony is scheduled for approximately 7:30 p.m. Friday. Lee Greenwood will sing the National Anthem and God Bless the U.S.A. while skydivers bring in the American and Indiana flags. After the opening ceremony, Cook and Belle will take the stage to perform a concert.

  • September 5, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Will there be hot air balloons on Friday

    • September 7, 2016 at 6:07 pm

      Yes, balloons are scheduled to launch at 6 p.m., and a Balloon Glow is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. Keep in mind that balloon activity is weather-dependent. Safety first for our pilots, their balloons and our guests.

  • September 8, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Hi, at what times will ballons be launched in the morning and afternoon on Saturday?

    • September 8, 2016 at 10:47 am

      You can view the complete festival schedule from the Schedule tab on our website’s homepage:
      Please remember that Balloon pilots will make all flight decisions based on the weather. Safety comes first.


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